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Water is a very important resource that deserves to be protected – it’s one of the MOST essential ingredients to life on this planet.  With all the advancements in technology and our “way of life” there has also been an increase in the amount of pollution we produce.  It is crucial that we learn how to protect our precious water resources from containments that could make it unfit for consumption and general use.

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That’s where Trailblazer’s Water  Quality Program can help – we plan and conduct presentations, workshops, field trips and other various events to educate the public about how live, work, and play in an environmentally responsible way.  We have something for all ages, from children to adults.  Below you will find some of our upcoming events – don’t see one that is applicable to you?  Let us know and work with us to set up a presentation in your area!  Presentations are done free of charge and you can always contact us with your questions and concerns at 318-255-3554 and we will do our best to address those.

2014 WQ Events Scheduled:

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    July 8
    Cotton Valley Branch Library summer student program
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    April 25th
    Winn 4H Forestry Awareness Day.
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    May 1 and 2
    Claiborne Parish Water Fest @ Lake Claiborne State Park
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    Bistineau Task Force
    2009-2014 BTF and Trailblazer are working to identify solutions to help fight Lake Bistineau's
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    June 24
    Sarepta Branch Library summer student program - 2:00 p.m. (all welcome)
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    May 15
    Home Sewer Educational Workshop @ South Bossier
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    May 12
    Bienville 4H Achievement Day

  The mission of Trailblazer R C & D is to support a quality environment, demonstrate regional leadership, secure resources, and deliver services that build strong, vibrant communities where conservation and development are in balance with the needs of the people.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, and familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

 

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, sex, and familial status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

We serve all community members within our 8-parish service area.

The support of the police juries in each of these 8 parishes is crucial to our success. Many of these police juries nominate a Trailblazer R C & D Board of Directors member, also. The links below provide access to the websites of the police juries which are so crucial to our success.

Bienville Parish:

http://clerk.bienvilleparish.org/

Bossier Parish:

http://www.bossierparishla.gov/Government/PoliceJury/Index.aspx

Claiborne Parish:

http://www.claiborneone.org/cppj/

Jackson Parish:

http://www.jacksonparishpolicejury.org/index.asp

Lincoln Parish:

http://www.lincolnparish.org/policejury/index.html

Union Parish:

http://www.farmerville.org/government.html

Webster Parish:

http://www.websterparishla.org/index.html

Winn Parish

http://www.lpgov.org/parish-government/Winn-Parish

 Trailblazer R C & D is a locally sponsored and directed organization that provides assistance to the citizens of an eight-parish area located in North Central Louisiana. The purpose of Trailblazer is to improve the quality of life in local communities. It is a non-profit organization and is tax exempt (501c3) according to the Internal Revenue Service. Donations, loans, grants, special events, and other fund raising activities are essential to meet goals.

The eight Trailblazer parishes located in North Central Louisiana encompass approximately 5,870 square miles. This includes 2,837,500 acres of forestland, 50,300 acres of cropland, 360,200 acres of pastureland, 92,500 acres of water, and 108,400 acres of build-up areas.

Trailblazer is not a federal or state agency but consists of volunteers who are appointed by sponsoring agencies to serve as the governing council. Success of the R C & D program is directly related to the interest and dedication of the appointed council members. The Council establishes goals, objectives, and policies for the R C & D program in its area by organizing an Area Plan of Work.

Trailblazer leadership is challenged to develop quality projects that meet the needs of area residents. This is accomplished by encouraging local leadership and innovative thinking. Projects are carefully selected with emphasis on projects not being addressed by other groups.

Our Partners

You are our most important partner. We depend on the generosity of community volunteers in giving of their time and money to keep our programs going. If you would like to help, call   us at (318) 255-3554 or fill out a volunteer or donation form, found in our Media Center on the Home page.

The Bistineau Task Force
Trailblazer was instrumental in the establishment of the BTF and is committed to helping this important local nonprofit service the community. The BTF has a page on this website, found on the main menu of the Home page. There is a BTF photo album in the Photo Albums menu tab, also found on the Home page.
The Parish Police Juries
             The police  juries in each of our eight-parish service areas are crucial to our success. Their websites can be accessed through the links found on our Who We Serve Page.
The National Association of R C & Ds
Trailblazer R C & D is one of many nonprofit organizations committed to serving their communities. Check out the website of the national organization here:
http://www.rcdnet.org/

March 29, 2012:

Trailblazer receives  Circle of Diamonds

Tier 2 recognition
Circle of Diamonds is an elite recognition of nonprofit R C & Ds for adhering to high standards of governance, personnel, financial management, and administration.
Trailblazer is one of only 25 of the 375 R C & Ds to have qualified for this enhanced membership.

 

The Trailblazer R C & D area was first organized in October 1966 as the Bossier-Webster R C & D project. In February 1969, it was expanded to include Bienville and Claiborne parishes and was renamed the Trailblazer-4 R C & D area. In December 1974, Lincoln parish was approved for inclusion into the area, and the name was shortened to Trailblazer. In April 1983, Union parish was added as the sixth parish. The Trailblazer area was expanded again  to include Jackson and Winn parishes in August 1989.

In February 1988, key community leaders participated in a Problem Identification Workshop. The participants were asked to identify major problems and issues that should be addressed by Trailblazer. The Council adopted improving rural fire protection and increasing employment opportunities as priority objectives.

Needs are continually being recognized or brought to the attention of the Board of Directors by other community leaders. As these needs are identified, projects are considered for approval based on four criteria:

  • Firmly established objectives
  • Interest and involvement of the Board
  • Interest and support of other groups
  • Funding and staffing demands.

We Are:

  • Local people, solving local problems – volunteers who often represent sponsoring groups

Success of the program is directly related to the interest and dedication of the appointed council members. The council establishes goals, objectives, and policies for the RC&D program.

  • A grassroots organization working to improve life in OUR communities

Trailblazer R C & D serves 8 parishes: Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Union, Webster, and Winn.

  • A non-profit organization, tax exempt (501c3) according to the Internal Revenue Service

Donations, loans, grants, special events and other fund raising activities are essential to meet goals.

  • An organization challenged to develop quality projects that meet the needs of area residents

This is accomplished by encouraging local leadership and innovative thinking. Needs are continually being recognized or brought to the attention of the Board of Directors by other community leaders.

  • A Tier 2 member of the Circle of Diamonds recipient

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Are Not:

  • A federal agency.

 

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Our Current Projects

Entrepreneurial Training Program

At the current time, Trailblazer is focusing on helping community members who would like to learn how to start a new business. We have a fully-funded program that allows us to provide Entrepreneurial Training (ENT) workshops to community members free of charge! In these ENT workshops, participants learn how to create a business plan, how to get ready to apply for a business loan, how to fill out the necessary tax and licensing paperwork, and a great deal more.

Water Quality Education

Trailblazer is also currently offering an important service to our communities with our Water Quality program. Olivia Ward, Trailblazer’s staff biologist, serves as both educator and community planning consultant, speaking often to local groups about water quality issues, and also offering water quality analysis and improvement planning.

Featured Speakers: Whitetail Deer Management expert, David Moreland
Most recently, David Moreland, a 31-year veteran of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, spoke to a Trailblazer audience about deer management.
The Big Event
As part of the USDA Outreach to the underserved, Trailblazer has sponsored The Big Event annually at Grambling University to offer often-underserved community members educational materials, speakers, and connections to services  they might not be aware are available to them. Our Entrepreneurial Training continues to serve these community members, along with the entire community, throughout the year.

 

 

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 big event

August 2nd @ GSU

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Clarence Hawkins, State Director

 

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Kevin Norton, State Conservationist

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Attorney Paul Spillers

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BE7  DOWNLOAD the agenda here

To Register click here

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